Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

Alaska: Complimentary Airfare

Book by October 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on the May 18 and 25, 2019 departures (Sea Lion), May 19 and 26, 2019 departures (Venture), and May 25, 2019 departure (Quest). Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Please call for details.

Available Departures
  • May 18-25, 2019
  • May 25-Jun 1, 2019
  • May 25-30, 2019
  • May 25-Jun 1, 2019
  • May 26-Jun 2, 2019
  • May 30-Jun 4, 2019
  • The National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture, and National Geographic Sea Lion are each equipped with a fleet of expedition landing craft and kayaks, allowing for in-depth exploration of icebergs, calving glaciers, and hidden coves.
  • Glimpse Alaska’s seldom-seen marine life alongside our undersea specialist, and listen to communication among whales with the ship’s hydrophone.
  • Hear a Tlingit cultural interpreter share the oral lore of Alaska’s indigenous populations.
  • Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation to learn about the behaviors of the area whale population.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Experience the remarkable beauty of southeast Alaska on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or one of our new vessels, the National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Venture. Discover a rugged landscape of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife—from bald eagles and brown bears to orcas and humpback whales. Kayak into secluded inlets and around dramatic icebergs, spend a full day in spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, and learn firsthand about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Day 1: Seattle/Juneau, Alaska

Fly from Seattle to Juneau, where we'll meet our naturalists and visit the newly constructed Alaska State Museum—home to an impressive collection of natural and cultural artifacts. Tour downtown Juneau before settling into your cabin. Gather for dinner on board, and then head back into town this evening if you wish.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:

National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Venture, or National Geographic Quest

Day 2: Tracy Arm Fjord—Fords Terror Wilderness

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. See the soaring South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier up close, and take a cruise in an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, porpoises, and arctic terns.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Petersburg

Search for humpback whales as we head toward the small Alaska town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, founded more than 100 years ago by Norwegian fishermen. Explore Southeast Alaska’s muskeg, an area with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for bike riding or optional flightseeing (weather permitting). Enjoy a crab feast for dinner this evening.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Exploring Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

These waters often offer great whale watching. Look for Steller sea lions stretched out on the rocky islands that dot the channels, and take a walk with naturalists along a quiet forest trail or kayak in the area's tiny coves. Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation—whose work is supported by a grant from the Lindblad-National Geographic Fund—and discuss some of their recent discoveries about the region's marine mammal population.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Icy Straits and the Inian Islands

Cruise among the Inian Islands, home to an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for marine mammals in the rich waters off Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, we’ll lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on the whales’ communication.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

By special permit, explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve today. See glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge, and observe them calving—when tons of ice crash into the sea. Wilderness abounds—mountain goats and brown bears patrol the shore; and harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins swim in these icy waters. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share local lore, and a National Park Service ranger will offer insights on the natural world.

Please note: The 2019 National Geographic Sea Lion departures have a modified itinerary and do not visit Glacier Bay National Park. Instead, guests will have an opportunity to explore the rarely visited outer bays—either Dundas Bay or Fern Harbor—where they will have the opportunity to go on naturalist-led hikes in search of wildlife, kayak into secluded coves, or cruise around sea stacks on expedition landing crafts.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Exploring Alaska's Islands, Bays, and Fjords

Today, nature is our guide. We may explore an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools and beachcomb, hike stunning forest trails, or see bear tracks worn into the soil while walking through an isolated meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, we’ll go kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Sitka/Seattle

After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. At the Alaska Raptor Center, get an up-close view of species normally seen at a distance. Drive to the airport for our afternoon flight to Seattle.

Meals Included:Breakfast